'Dark Knight Rises' Dominates Home Entertainment Charts in First Week
Batman fever gripped home video consumers the week ending Dec. 9, as Warner Home Video’s The Dark Knight Rises and a trilogy with all three Batman films topped the national home video sales chart.
The Dark Knight Rises debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Debuting at No. 2 was the Dark Knight Trilogy set, which includes Dark Knight Rises as well as 2005’s Batman Begins and 2008’s The Dark Knight.
Sony Pictures’ Men in Black 3 slipped to No. 3 on First Alert after debuting the prior week at No. 2, while Walt Disney Studios’ Brave finished at No. 4 after topping the chart a week earlier. Rounding out the First Alert top 5 was another Disney title, Finding Nemo, that made its Blu-ray Disc debut last week.
On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Nemo debuted at No. 3, with Men in Black 3 falling to No. 4 from No. 1 the previous week and Brave slipping to No. 5 from No. 2.
With Christmas fast approaching, three Warner holiday titles from years past are back on the overall disc sales chart: Elf at No. 9, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at No. 11 and Polar Express at No. 16.
On Home Media Magazine‘s rental chart for the week, Men in Black 3 remains at No. 1 for the second consecutive week, with Anchor Bay’s Lawless moving up a notch to No. 2 from its No. 3 debut the previous week.
The Sony Pictures comedy Hope Springs debuted at No. 3. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep as a middle-age couple seeking to re-ignite the spark in their marriage after 30 years together and grossed $63.5 million in U.S. theaters.
Hope Springs debuted at No. 7 on the First Alert sales chart.